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Yatra not a 'competition' to Anna's campaign: BJP

BJP on Friday said L K Advani's proposed rath yatra should not be seen as a "competition" to Anna Hazare's campaign for Lokpal Bill, but as a "complementary" action against the corruption.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2011 20:38 IST

BJP on Friday said L K Advani's proposed rath yatra should not be seen as a "competition" to Anna Hazare's campaign for Lokpal Bill, but as a "complementary" action against the corruption.

"The yatra should not be seen as a competition to Anna Hazare's anti corruption campaign, but as a complementary action," BJP national secretary P Muralidhar Rao told reporters.

He said there were no differences of opinion in the party over the yatra. "Advaniji is our supreme leader. For the last 50 years he is in public life," Rao said.

Asked about the US Congressional Research Service report which had stated that the 2014 general election might turn out to be a contest between Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for the prime ministership, Rao said "BJP's decisions are not taken in the US. The time has not come (to decide on Prime ministerial candidate)".

"BJP has so many leaders who are capable of delivering and seen as promising. We are happy. Time has not yet come and BJP has not decided this issue," he said.

Rao said the UPA government's decision to increase petrol prices would have a cascading effect. The government lacked innovative ideas to check price rise, he said.

The BJP leader also alleged the that Centre was interested in "misdirecting" investigating agencies like CBI and NIA against political adversaries.